The Bodhisattva Vows are the foundation of the Mahayana path and a powerful way to commit oneself to the activities and life of a bodhisattva. When Venerable Robina Courtin bestowed them at TNL on July 4, 2011, she requested that those who took the vows receive commentary on them and asked Don Handrick to provide it. In this course, we will explore in detail the eighteen root and forty-six branch vows that constitute the means for upholding the bodhisattva conduct. These vows can be studied by... Topics: Thubten Norbu Ling, Santa Fe, Tibetan Buddhism, Mahayana, Bodhisattva Vows
Bodhisattva Path Commentary on Bodhisattva Vows Stages of the Path Ven. Geshe Ngawang Dakpa Geshe-la provides a background on the aspiring and engaging bodhisattva vows. The wish to become enlightened to be able to benefit all sentient beings is a powerful aspiration; vowing to never let go of this thought is a wonderful opportunity. Engaging in the bodhisattva acts and refraining from the 18 root downfalls are explained by Geshe Dakpa. Topics: Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Lamrim, Bodhicitta, Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva Vows Source: Lectures and Events
This will be a brief introduction to the concept of refuge and the refuge commitments as well as a very brief look at the root bodhisattva vows. Refuge isn't something we say, it's what we do moment-by-moment, it's the state of our mind - it's a continual process that infuses our mind so that we know what to do. How we act with a mind of refuge is what protects us from doing negative things and encourages us to do positive things. Understanding refuge is really what protects us because it... Topics: Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Lamrim, Ven. Lobsang Chokyi, Refuge, Bodhisattva Vows
Six Perfections Stages of the Path Ven. Geshe Ngawang Dakpa Geshe-la gives the traditional approach to developing the mind of bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others. Once having gained the realization of bodhicitta, bodhisattvas endure the practice of the six perfections. Here Geshe Dakpa discusses the committments of the bodhisattva path (vows) as well as the first of the six perfections; the perfection of generosity. Topics: Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Lamrim, Bodhicitta, Wisdom, Six Perfections, Bodhisattva Vows, Six... Source: Lectures and Events
"If you want to be happy, cherish others"...His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama The Bodhisattva vows provide clear guidance as to what kinds of actions should be practiced and what should be avoided in order to be of greatest benefit to others, develop compassion, and gradually overcome selfish ways of being, which is also an impediment to our own inner happiness. Geshe-la will offer a brief commentary on the Bodhisattva vows and how we begin to practice either engaging or aspiring... Topics: Buddhism, Thubten Norbu Ling, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mahayana, FPMT, Geshe Thubten Sherab,...